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One-third of owners prefer their pet over their kids

A survey from OnePoll saw 34 percent of respondents say their pet was their “favorite child”

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Americans certainly love their pets—in some cases, even more than their own flesh and blood.

This is according to a recent survey of 2,000 pet parents across the U.S., conducted by OnePoll on behalf of pet food company I and Love and You.

Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they considered their four-legged friend to be “part of the family,” while 34 percent took it a step further, admitting their pet is their “favorite child.”

Other findings include:

  • 67 percent of respondents classify their pet as their “best friend”;
  • 54 percent think their pet understands them “better than” their best friend or significant other; and
  • 68 percent believe “pets are people, too.”

For more on the results, check out the video below, courtesy I and Love and You.

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